Rivlin holds an event celebrating Israel and Egypt’s four decades of peace; Rivlin refers to peace treaty as “inspiration for our efforts to achieve peace with all of our neighbors”; Egypt: conflict has wasted the resources and disrupted the lives of the people of the Middle East for many decades.
Israel and Egypt marked 40 years of diplomatic ties since the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty from 1979 following the Camp David Accords on Tuesday. The anniversary was commemorated during an event held by Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem, who referred to the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt as “the cornerstone of stability in the Middle East”. The event attended by the Egyptian Ambassador to Israel, Khaled Azmi, Israel’s Foreign Minister, Israel Katz, Minister of Regional Cooperation, Tzachi Hanegbi, and several diplomats, both current and former.
As Arab leaders meet in Bahrain for President Trump’s “Prosperity to Peace” workshop, Rivlin called on the Palestinians to look at Israel’s history of peace with Egypt. He stated its relations should “serve as an inspiration for our efforts to achieve peace with all of our neighbors, and especially our Palestinian neighbors and cousins.” He added, “When courageous leaders are willing to end their conflict, and set out on a new path based on reconciliation and mutual respect, peace can be achieved more quickly than we can imagine.”
The Egyptian ambassador referred to the peace agreement as “an important example in how Middle East peace is negotiated, and by what means should Arab and Israeli interests be accounted for in a peace process.” Specifically, on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, he claimed “the conflict has wasted the resources and disrupted the lives of the people of the Middle East for many decades,” calling for a two-state solution where both peoples can “coexist in two neighboring independent states living in peace and security.”
Egypt is one of several Arab states in attendance at the first phase of President Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century,’ alongside Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and Morocco. The workshop will end on June 26.
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